Better than mashed potatoes: Low carb vegetable side-dishes

Aug 7, 2008 at 11:41 a.m. ET

Looking for lower carb side-dishes but love the texture of mashed potatoes? Then give these mashed vegetable alternatives a try. Not only do they deliver the same mashed potato comfort-food feel, they also rate higher in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Best yet, your kids will dig right in.

Root Vegetable Mash

Lower-carb Vegetable Side-dish Recipes

Root Vegetable Mash

Makes 4 servings

1 cup vegetable broth
1 small rutabaga, peeled and diced
2 small carrots, diced
1 small red potato, diced
About 1 cup finely chopped cabbage
Salt and pepper

1. Pour broth into a large pot over medium heat. Add the rutabaga, carrots, potato and cabbage. Cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes or until fork tender, stirring occasionally. Add more broth or water, if necessary.

2. When finished cooking, drain vegetables in a colander and transfer to a large bowl. Using a potato masher or electric hand mixer, mash vegetables and butter until desired consistency. Add more butter, if desired, and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Whipped Cauliflower and Peas

Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
1/2 pound very tender steamed cauliflower
1/2 pound frozen green peas, thawed
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Ground black pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, mint, cauliflower and peas and cook, covered for 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and process until whipped and smooth. Top with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Squash Puree

Makes 4 servings

1 large acorn or small butternut squash
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and black pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place squash on baking sheet. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until fork tender. Slice squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds and skin.

2. Scoop flesh out of peel and into a medium-sized bowl. Mash with a potato masher with orange juice, zest and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Use an electric hand mixer to puree until smooth. Serve warm.

And if you are looking for more low carb ways to cook cauliflower, try this Mashed Cauliflower. You can also subscribe to LowCarb, the online magazine for carb-conscious living. LowCarb delivers quarterly issues packed with tasty low carb recipes.

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